MEM15411 - Iron Smithing at Timberscombe Enclosure (Monument)
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Type and Period (2)
- None recorded
Evidence of iron working was identified within the possibly Iron Age hillslope enclosure at Timberscombe. The evidence comprised a scatter of smithing slag confined to one corner of the earthwork enclosure. It is suggested this may represent a smithy serving the enclosure and its immediate environs. (1) Low intensity geochemical survey identified two anomolies that are potentially related to metal working within the area of the Timberscombe enclosure. The date of the anomolies and the type of metal working they represent are uncertain, but it is possible the hill-slope enclosure was a metal-production site in the later prehistoric and Roman periods. (2) Gradiometer survey identified two areas of anomalies indicative of possible iron-rich or burnt deposits within the hill-slope enclosure, but provided limited evidence for iron working. The results did not provide evidence for intense in-situ burning indicative of furnaces, smelting or ore roasting. (3)
- <1> SEM6912 Report: Juleff, G.. 1997. Earlier Iron-Working on Exmoor: Preliminary Survey. P.18; 20; 30, Table 1; 31, Table 2.
- <2> SEM7014 Report: Carey, C.. Geoprospection in the Archaeological Landscape: A Low Resolution Geochemical Survey of Timberscombe, a Hillslope Enclosure.
- <3> SEM6817 Report: Dean, R.. 2004. Gradiometer Survey at Timberscombe Hill-Slope Enclosure, Dulverton, Somerset.
- <4> SEM7265 Monograph: Carey, C.. 2005. Geochemical Survey and Metal Working on Archaeological Sites. P.69-77.
|Grid reference||SS 9572 4143 (point) (Estimated from sources)|
|Civil Parish||TIMBERSCOMBE, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET|
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- National Park: Exmoor National Park
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Dec 9 2009 12:26PM
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